also, in english, this word refers to "any small pleasing picture or view" and is most commonly used to describe small, decorative arrangements on tables or dressers that include small tchotchkes, such as picture frames, books, and other special possessions. (see below.) natural elements such as branches and flowers are also often included.
1. samantha, i just love your new vignette in your foyer - you're so creative!
2. paul's vignette displayed many of his most treasured possessions, including an signed first-edition of his favorite book, and a picture of his parents on their wedding day.
3. my brother's sketched vignette was so lovely, i asked him if i could have it to frame.
images: 1.flickr 2.michelle adams via absolutely beautiful things
quoted text: 1. french for le snob: adding panache to your every day conversations by yvette reche, fall river press. 2.dictionary.com
hey, readers! it's good to be back in blog world. some exciting things have happened since i last wrote including a very special birthday. swank is two! the coffee shop where i work and sell my paper crafts moved to a bigger location and celebrated its second birthday in the last month. swank opened its doors in 2007, and the shop space was on the small side even then. customers were elbowing each other to get to the sugar packets and stir sticks. when a space on broad street became available, jessica and petra, the co-owners of swank, jumped on it before anyone else had the chance to snatch it up. they are now the proud parents of a store four times the size of their old location. to celebrate, we threw a big bash for our customers, family and friends! check out some pictures of the new store and the grand re-opening party.
so if you know me at all you've probably caught on to the fact that i'm not a big fan of the summer. it's humid, hot, and icky. i sweat when i'm just walking to my car and my hair never looks good for more than ten minutes. to top it off this year, my little house only has window units and it never gets too cool. i do not enjoy keeping my window blinds closed all day to keep the sun out. it makes me feel like an invalid. come to think of it, so does the summer. every time i go outside lately i just want to lie down.
so basically i've been looking forward to fall since may. and now that it's on the horizon, i am so excited for all the fantastic-ness that it brings. including christmas preparations.
(yes, i'm one of those irritating people that starts getting excited/listening to christmas music/watching christmas movies months in advance.)
so i'm sure you can imagine my excitement this weekend when while wandering the aisles at michael's craft store i happened upon a few in the back decked out with christmas goodness. best buy of the day? my 0.59 mini glitter branches that look just like the ones above. they look so gorgeous in a silver vase in my bedroom. and maybe it's just me, but they don't look the least bit christmas-y. i'm really overly excited about them and i keep thinking about where i can put more of them in my house. i should probably keep the glitter in moderation, but i'm planning on buying more soon and i think that just maybe you need some as well.1st image via thecherryblossomgirl.com
repertoire - pronounced "rep - ert - war", refers to 1."the complete list or supply of skills, devices, or ingredients used in a particular field, occupation, or practice"; 2. "a supply of skills, devices, or expedients"
1. everyone was jealous of sarah's repertoire of gorgeous summer clothes.
2. i couldn't find what i was looking for on the internet, so i ventured to the library for the complete repertoire of literary criticism.
3. jim's new boss was confident jim could do the job - his repertoire was extensive and his confidence was enviable.
NOTE: the proper french spelling of this word includes an accent aigu, or a right upward slanting accent over the first e: répertoire. The english spelling omits this.
image via caseyboudoin.blogspot.com, quoted text via www.merriamwebster.com
we started the celebration with bruschetta, which i love. i still reek of garlic and fresh basil from all the chopping but it was totally worth it. easiest thing to make ever (seriously. you don't really even need a recipe) and it's so yum. this was my first attempt, but i'll be making this much more often. i could make a meal out of this stuff!
after dinner, we celebrated with warm chocolate melting cake. i am obsessed with this dessert. while cruising in the caribbean this spring, i ordered it for dessert every night. thankfully, most of the other passengers shared my obsession, and on the last night of the trip we were given the recipe by the maître d'. it, too, is easy to make, and i prepared the batter ahead of time. after dinner, i stuck the ramekins in the oven for about 12 minutes and i had perfectly gooey little soufflés that i spruced up with a strawberry and some ice cream. they were THIS good, if i'm allowed to say so.
2. natural light - while we're on the topic of light, any space with lots of natural light is better than a darker one. studies show that natural light affects everything from our health to our mood and i don't think this will change any time soon.
3. bookshelves - last i checked, despite amazon's lame attempt at this ridiculous kindle thing, books haven't gone out of style. in fact, they've been in demand for centuries. and our ways to display/store them has, in turn, been part of our homes as well. regardless of your taste or decorating style, there is a bookshelf for you. there are endless options. and the best part is you get to fill the empty spaces with whatever your heart desires.
5. mirrors - they reflect light, make a space seem larger, and make sure we look as pulled-together as our homes. i'm pretty sure louis XIV made the transition from vanity accessory to decorative piece with his hall of mirrors in the versailles palace, and i'm pretty sure we still like them for both reasons today.
7. art that inspires you - i know too many people who buy trendy art. these are not the type of wall-hangings i'm talking about. art that is special to you, that inspires you, that reminds you of a special place/feeling/thought/idea/thing will be timeless in your home and, in turn special to your loved ones as well. these pieces may not be timeless by others' standards, but if they're special to you, they'll remain so no matter where they hang in your home.
fabulous news! anna sui is coming to target! i've loved her designs for a long, long time and now i have the option of actually purchasing some of her pieces! and here's the even cooler news: each of the line's 19 looks are inspired by the four main characters in gossip girl. i can't say that i've ever watched the show faithfully, but when i have tuned in, i've very much enjoyed all the gorgeous fashion-forward looks (especially the dresses!).
i'm personally a fan of blair's style, but some of serena's looks are really cute, too. here are a few of my favorites, all available beginning september 13:
from blair's collection - cute as a dress, over pants, or tucked into a pencil skirt.
cargo dress from serena's collecion. i'm not sure if i'd ever wear this, but it's still cute.
love love this serena dress. i would wear this to death at the office.
note: i hate ankle boots and knitted toboggans. without those, this dress is really cute. (from jenny's collection).
i love this whole look. a lot. usually, jenny's style isn't really something i would copy, but i could wear this entire outfit.
parlez-vous français? mondays are back! i have a long list of french words for the upcoming weeks. i was recently amused by a friend's misuse of a particular french word with another similar one. the two words below have only the placement of an i to differentiate them, but their definitions are not nearly so close.
brasserie: pronounced bras-air-ee, refers to a large café or restaurant. can also refer to a brewery.
1. let's run to the brasserie around the corner and get lunch.
brassiére: pronounced bras-ear, refers to a woman's bra/corset undergarmet.
1. i loved that brassiére at la perla the other day.
clearly these are not words that should be confused but it can easily happen!
until next monday, au revoir!
images: 1.ambrosia3 at deviantart.com 2.blackeiffel.blogspot.com 3.flickr
it's been a long couple of months with only a work computer to get me through (which does not allow me the opportunity to read my favorite blogs or download new music)...and i'm so excited that as of today (and thanks to a wonderful birthday present from my parents/grandma), i am the proud new owner of a powerbook g4. it' gorgeous and compact and it doesn't overheat, or randomly shut off and i don't have to restart it every time i lose an internet connection. i can also hold it on my lap without it burning me and i can now actually listen to my music library on itunes without it getting all choppy and stuck. yay!
that also means, that as soon as i get internet installed at the house in the next few days (i may see if i can "borrow" one of my neighbor's until that time) i can begin regular blogging again! i've missed it so much and have lots of fun ideas that have been waiting in the wings.
so here's to the best birthday present i've received in a while! how excited am i?
image via flickr